England manager Gareth Southgate conceded that his team were left hanging on late in their 1-0 win over Austria at the Riverside Stadium.

Roy Keane agreed with that observation, and said that the boss will be glad to see the back of the Austria match.

The Three Lions won their first Euro 2020 warm-up tie thanks to a Bukayo Saka goal just before the hour mark.

But speaking afterwards, Southgate appeared to criticise his side for becoming “disjointed” late in the game.

England were left defending against the Austria side, and managed to hold on late, with Trent Alexander-Arnold going off injured.

Other players were seen suffering with cramp as England literally limped to the final whistle.

Giving his analysis of the team to ITV, Southgate said he felt the way his side finished the game could be justified by the amount of changes he had to make.



Roy Keane agreed with Gareth Southgate's assessment of England's win over Austria
Roy Keane agreed with Gareth Southgate’s assessment of England’s win over Austria

“I thought we started very well, I thought we used the ball well in the first hour or so,” he said.

“We were playing against a very good team, they’ve got some very good players. Alaba, Sabitzer, they get in between the lines well.

“I thought the first hour was good in terms of the quality, after that we needed to make a lot of changes and preserve people.

“We were getting disjointed, a couple were getting cramp, so we were hanging on at the end.

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“But that was understandable considering the changes we had to make.”

And Keane agreed with Southgate’s observation, saying he believed the match will be inconsequential once the tournament starts next week.



Gareth Southgate conceded his team looked "disjointed" against Austria
Gareth Southgate conceded his team looked “disjointed” against Austria

“For Gareth, these games are a nightmare for a manager, a week or two before the big tournament. I think he’ll be delighted to get the game out of the way on Sunday.

“Okay, you’re going to pick up one or two injuries – it’s not the end of the world, that’s the package of being a footballer.

“But as Gareth said, disjointed, I was not a bit surprised about how the game panned out. There were some pluses, plenty of minuses, but the main stuff starts in a couple of weeks.”

The result, and England’s performance, was marred by a late injury suffered by Alexander-Arnold.

The defender, whose inclusion the squad was the subject of much debate earlier this week, went down off the ball after making a routine clearance.

Alexander-Arnold immediately signalled to come off, and was seen pulling his shirt over his head as he hobbled off the field clearly in a lot of pain.



Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced off late in the game with an apparent thigh injury
Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced off late in the game with an apparent thigh injury

And speaking afterwards, Southgate confirmed that the England medical staff would assess the injury and would know more within 24 hours.

While he conceded that it didn’t “look good”, he remained confident that the injury wasn’t a hamstring one, and instead looked to be an issue with his thigh.

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“We’re going to have a little look. It’s obviously not good to see him having to come off in the way he did, but we’ll have to assess him over the next 24 hours.

“I think (it’s his) thigh, but the medical team are still assessing it.

“We’ll just have to see, it’s not a good sign to see him walk off in the way that he did, so we’ll know more in the next 24 or 48 hours.

“We don’t know the full extent, so the last thing you want is to see him come off in the way that he did.”





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